Presidents of CUHK and Tsinghua Meet Online
Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) met with Prof. Wang Xiqin, President of Tsinghua University (Tsinghua) online on 11 April 2022, and signed agreements on student exchange and academic collaboration. Prof. Tuan was accompanied by Provost Prof. Alan Chan; Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sham Mai-Har; Prof. Zhou Lin, Dean of CUHK Business School; Prof. Liu Ming, Director of EMBA (Chinese) Programme; Prof. Sunny Kwong, Chairman of Department of Economics; Prof. Michael Song, Co-Director of CUHK-Tsinghua Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy; and Ms Wing Wong, Director of China Engagement. Representatives of Tsinghua included Vice President Prof. Yang Bin; Prof. Bai Chong-En, Dean of School of Economics and Management (SEM); Prof. Xu Xin, Associate Dean of SEM; Prof. Li Jin-Liang, Director of Office of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Affairs (OHMTA); and Deputy Director of OHMTA Ms. Xiao Qian.
Prof. Tuan remarked at the meeting that the collaborations between the two universities continue to grow in spite of the pandemic situation that has been restricting the face-to-face contact. Both universities are making joint efforts strategically to utilize respective strengths and achieve greater leaps and progress together. Members of the two universities reported progresses on joint projects such as the FMBA programme, development of the Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy and talent nurturing activities, and exchanged ideas on future cooperation plans. The two Presidents signed U-level agreements on student exchange and academic collaboration at the meeting.
Since the first academic exchange agreement between the two universities signed in 1985, the ties and exchanges between CUHK and Tsinghua have been continuously strengthened, ranging from teaching, research to student affairs and executive exchanges. The two universities jointly established the MBA program in Finance, Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy and Dual Degree Program in Economics, and co-organized World Philanthropy Forum. On 25 March and 29 April of 2022, Tsinghua Symphony Orchestra joined the Pleasure in the Pandemic Joint Performance organized by CUHK to combat the pandemic, gaining positive energy with music.
CUHK and Fudan University Hold the 5th Partnership Steering Committee Meeting
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Fudan University (FDU) held the 5th Partnership Steering Committee Meeting online on 25 April to discuss future partnership plans. CUHK Vice Chancellor Prof. Rocky Tuan and President of FDU Prof. Jin Li co-chaired the meeting and signed agreement to forge close collaboration between the two universities.
Representatives of CUHK comprised of Pro-Vice-Chancellors Prof. Chan Wai-Yee and Prof. Sham Mai-Har; Prof. Zhou Lin, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration; Prof. Andrew Chan, Director of School of Biomedical Sciences; Prof. Fung Tung, Chairperson of Department of Geography and Resource Management; Prof. Du Ju-Lan, Co-director of Shanghai-Hong Kong Development Institute; Prof. Vincent Cheung and Prof. Linda Gu, School of Biomedical Sciences; and Ms. Wing Wong, Director of China Engagement. FDU participants included Vice President Prof. Chen Zhi-Min; Prof. Lin Xin-Hua, Director of School of Life Science; Prof. Xu Cong-Jian, Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital; Prof. Huang Guo-Ying, Director of Children’s Hospital; Prof. Chen Shi-Yi, Co-director of Shanghai-Hong Kong Development Institute; Ms. Liu Jin-Hua, Party Secretary of Department of History; Prof. Qian, Jun, Executive Dean of Fanhai International School of Finance; and Mr. Shen Guo-Lin, Director of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Affairs Office.
Prof. Tuan indicated at the meeting that with the establishment of partnership steering committee, the bilateral collaboration has been further deepened and joint projects are becoming more diversified. He is looking forward to in-depth cooperation between the two universities especially in the areas of major national projects. President Prof. Jin pointed out that CUHK and FDU has been sharing a common mission to advance the development of global technological innovation platform. The two universities have a profound history of cooperation that has set a solid foundation for further expansion. Participants discussed projects including CUHK-FDU Joint Research Centre in Life and Biomedical Sciences, Shanghai-Hong Kong Development Institute, joint programme in tourism management. New plans on education of postgraduate students were devised at the meeting. The two universities renewed academic exchange agreement by the two Presidents.
CUHK and FDU have carried out a wide range of collaborative projects since the establishment of partnership in 1985. Both universities are key member institutions of the Association of University Presidents of China, Shanghai-Hong Kong University Alliance, and Alliance of University General Education. In 2021, the two universities jointly established CUHK-FDU Joint Research Centre in Life and Biomedical Sciences to strengthen multidisciplinary integration and development. This meeting enhanced the connection and communication, aspiring to expand new collaborative areas as well as to build a closer platform for partnership development.
CUHK and ZJU Organize Partnership Steering Committee Meeting cum Inauguration Ceremony of CUHK-ZJU Joint Research Center for Digital Economy
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Zhejiang University (ZJU) convened the 2nd meeting of Partnership Steering Committee online and on-site on 11 May 2022 to discuss existing projects and develop future cooperation plans. Inauguration ceremony of ZJU-CUHK Joint Research Center for Digital Economy took place together with the meeting to promote research development and innovation in digital economy and related interdisciplinary fields.
Participants from the two universities discussed the development of joint projects, including CUHK-ZJU Joint Laboratory for Advanced Photonics Research, joint postgraduate training program between ZJU International Business School and CUHK Faculty of Engineering, and research plans of ZJU-CUHK Joint Research Center for Digital Economy. Representatives renewed the Memorandum of Understanding on the student exchange. An inauguration ceremony of ZJU-CUHK Joint Research Center for Digital Economy was held after the signing of the framework agreement on the joint establishment.
CUHK members joining the meeting included Prof. Rocky S Tuan, Vice-Chancellor; Pro-Vice-Chancellors Prof. Chan Wai-Yee and Prof. Sham Mai-Har; Prof. Prof. Chiu Chi-Yue, Dean of Social Science; Prof. Tsang Hon-Ki, Associate Dean (Research) of Engineering and Co-director of Joint Laboratory for Advanced Photonics Research; Prof. Lee Tan, Associate Dean (Education) of Engineering; Prof. Sunny Kwong, Chairman of Department of Economics; Prof. Chan Chun-Kwong, Director of MSc in FinTech Programme; Prof. Michael Song, Co-director of CUHK-ZJU Joint Research Center for Digital Economy; and Ms. Wing Wong, Director of China Engagement. Prof. Wu Zhao-Hui, President of ZJU participated in the meeting and he was accompanied by Prof. He Lian-Zhen, Vice President; Prof. Zhang Jun-Sen, Dean of School of Economics; Prof. Zhu Xi-Wei, Head of Department of Economics; Prof. Wang Miao-Jun, Co-Director of CUHK-ZJU Joint Research Center for Digital Economy; Prof. Dai Dao-Xin, Dean of College of Optical Science and Engineering and Co-director of Joint Laboratory for Advanced Photonics Research; Prof. Ben Sheng-Lin, Dean of International Business School; and Ms. Li Min and Ms. Liu Zheng-Yi, Director and Deputy Director of Hong Kong Macau and Taiwan Affairs Office.
Prof. Tuan said at the ceremony, “With Zhejiang University as one of the key partners of CUHK in mainland China, the Joint Research Center works to further strengthen the network of partners we have built in recent years. The Joint Research Centre takes digital economy as the core driver for development and the practice of digital transformation in China as the research context, to explore the developing trend and theoretical frontier of digital economy, in order to achieve results with a global impact. The center will provide opportunities for cooperation to scholars from CUHK, Zhejiang University and around the world, and cultivate top-notch research talent to promote the development of digital economy and regional integration.”
Prof. Wu, President of Zhejiang University said, “Congratulations to Professor Tuan on his reappointment as Vice-Chancellor of CUHK. The two universities have been synthesizing the exchange of achievement in teaching and research and fostering new growth drivers, without a single drawback from the recent pandemic. We envisage, by pulling together knowledge and economic resources from the two universities, strengthening exchanges between teaching personnel, and a focused work plan, we can effectively explore the potential for cooperation and give a full play to regional advantages while seizing new opportunities brought by the new technological revolution and industrial transformation. Digital revolution will lead the economy and society into high-quality development and make greater contributions to national and global prosperity.”
ZJU-CUHK Joint Research Center for Digital Economy The Joint Research Center for Digital Economy has already carried out collaborative research in different important frontier areas, including artificial intelligence, platform economics, digitalization in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone and the Greater Bay Area, digital transformation in industries, digital currency, and data governance. One of them, led by the center, was a cooperation with AlipayHK and the Ant Group to evaluate the effectiveness of the Hong Kong Consumption Voucher Scheme in 2021 with a data of transactions records from 300,000 Hong Kong residents. The report suggested a significant amount of spending had shifted to electronic payment platforms with the introduction of consumption voucher, and the effect was much greater than that of consumption schemes launched in other countries or regions. The research study was also being quoted in a speech in February 2022 by the HKSAR Government, which shows the study offered a professional and high reference value to policy making.
Based on the University’s world-leading research excellence, CUHK has identified its research priorities to focus on interdisciplinary research to reach the next level of excellence and breakthrough and fulfil societal needs on a national and global scale. Since the establishment of partnership in 1991, CUHK has been collaborating closely with ZJU via a range of projects in research, supervision of postgraduates and student interflow. Both universities are members of Green University Consortium and Association of University Presidents of China, and have jointly established research units in natural products research and advanced photonics. The meeting further enhanced communication and bolstered the partnership development between the two universities, building closer and systematic collaboration platforms.